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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 28, 2012 10:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Greatest Eyes Ever? (post-hiatus)

The June '76 renditions of Eyes are heavenly. Though I like 6/9/76 best of all, with it's lengthy intro jam. Nearly 9 minutes of extended theme jamming prior to the first verse...

http://archive.org/details/gd1976-06-09.sbd.miller.95399.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 29, 2012 4:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Greatest Eyes Ever? (post-hiatus)

I'll always be a '77 Eyes guy first, but I know what you mean about that sweet 6/9/76 Eyes...they went "backwards", w/that 9-min. intro jam more resembling the outro jams of the '73-'74 era before they cook along w/a more traditional rendering. Good vox by Jerry too that year.

other than repeating ad nauseum that the greatest single EYES ever is 10/29/77, I'd point out 2 other fine versions from '77 that jam quite nicely in the intro and feature spectacular mid-tune exploration jamming as well:

http://archive.org/details/gd1977-05-18.sbd.miller.79012.flac16

and

http://archive.org/details/gd1977-05-15.28916.sbeok.flac16

These 2 shows often get lost in the mayhem of May '77 "super-shows" (5-7-5/9, for example), but they are killer shows in their own right and feature two distinctive and very experimental EYES worthy of consideration.

No matter what era you prefer, one thing i think we can all agree on is that EYES was one of the best, if not THE best, songs the boys ever did live, evidenced by its permanent, no-missing rotation run from debut in '73 til the end.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Jun 30, 2012 7:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Greatest Eyes Ever? (post-hiatus)

I agree 100% 6-9-76 is it

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Jun 29, 2012 2:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH - Greatest Eyes Ever? (post-hiatus)

“The June '76 renditions of Eyes are heavenly”

They certainly are. All (11?) versions from '76 are excellent. I really love 9/28, with that Orange Tango Jam coming out of Eyes. And the TOO>Eyes>TOO from 7/17 is very nicely jammed. 6/11 is pretty heavenly too. I just love all of '76. I listen to that year more than I do '77. The majority of '77 shows just kind of blend together for me. Too repetitive I suppose.